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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t want to sign a bill that would make it easier to get high on marijuana, but it appears he is willing to consider an amendment to the bill that could do just that.
The amendment is the latest move by Trump to ease restrictions on medical marijuana and is a step in the right direction, according to lawmakers.
The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe the drug to people who need it to treat a range of conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
But it’s not clear if that will be enough to overcome the opposition from Republicans in Congress.
“We’ve been working with the White House and they’ve been very clear that they would like to see this legislation passed,” said Rep. John Kline, a Minnesota Republican who has sponsored the amendment.
“But they are working very closely with us and we have been assured that they’re in a position to come to a compromise.”
If the amendment passes, the bill would allow people who have an active prescription for medical marijuana to obtain it and then obtain it without having to obtain a doctor’s prescription.
It would also allow people to have up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
The White House has not indicated whether it would consider the proposal in the coming days, or whether it has any other specific ideas on the table.
The bill would have a relatively easy passage in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote.
Trump and Pence have made marijuana legalization a top priority, even as many lawmakers in both parties have voiced skepticism about the potential benefits of legalization.
The president, for instance, has argued that people who smoke marijuana should be allowed to use it to relieve pain, and that the drug is more harmful than alcohol.
But the administration has also suggested that it would allow recreational use of the drug.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has not yet said whether it will allow marijuana to be sold in recreational stores, a move that would open up the market to a wider swath of Americans.
It’s unclear whether the Trump administration would consider loosening the restrictions on marijuana use or if it would go to the opposite extreme.
That could be a sticking point for some Republicans who oppose legalization.
“If I was the president of the United States, I’d be looking at a lot of different things,” said Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
“I don’t know if it’s a perfect compromise, but I do know we have a very difficult path ahead of us.”
It’s not just the GOP who is opposed to the amendment, either.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil liberties groups have filed legal briefs opposing it.
“This is not a perfect bill, but at least it addresses the problem,” ACLU spokesman Jonathan Salant told ABC News.
“Marijuana legalization is not legal and it shouldn’t be.”
The ACLU and other groups argue that the amendment would allow states to make it more difficult for people to obtain marijuana, and they’re concerned that it could allow for police officers to use marijuana as a “last resort” to stop people who are in possession of drugs.
The group’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court calls for a “rational basis” for the law to be enforced.
“Congress has the power to enact a medical marijuana law that allows patients access, but this provision creates a regulatory system for states to determine whether they will be able to authorize medical marijuana,” the petition states.
“It also gives police officers the power of seizing marijuana without a warrant.
It also makes it harder for patients to get medical marijuana.”
The White Trump administration has made marijuana a top campaign issue, saying the drug helps people who struggle with addiction.
“The war on marijuana has been a failure,” Trump said during a May 2016 presidential debate.
“Now, the drug war is over, and we’re going to go after the cartels and the gangs, and the cartels are going to be wiped out.
The war on drug is over.
The drug war has been over for a long time.
We have to change it.”